Biography of Elvin M. Collins
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Collins, Elvin M., Monkton, Monkton Ridge p. o., was born in Monkton, Vt.,in February, 1850. He was a son of George H. and Rebecca U. (Bates) Collins. Rebecca was a daughter of Miles B. and Abigail (Winchell) Bates, and was born in Monkton, Vt., on December 12, 1825. George H., her husband, was born in Monkton in 1881, and died in 1880. They were married in Monkton, Vt., 1843, and had a family of three children born to them — Julia R. (now Mrs. William Gage; she was married in 1871, and they have had one son born to them, Charles W.; her husband, William Gage, died in 1873), Charles H. (who married Ella Newton), and Elwin M. (was married in 1879 to Addie M. Partch). George H. Collins was twice married. His first wife was Julia M. Ladd, to whom he was married on January 7, 1841. She died on June 23, 1842. She was the daughter of Ira and Polly (Smith) Ladd, of Monkton, Vt. They had one son born to them, George E., who at the commencement of the war enlisted in Company B, Eleventh Vermont Volunteers, enlisted as infantry on September 1, 1862; was transferred to heavy artillery on December 13, 1862; served for three years, after which he received an honorable discharge; lived one year after his return home, and died on October 7, 1866, aged twenty-four years. George H. Collins was for many years one of the leading men of his town, and held many of the offices; was selectman, lister, collector, constable for a number of terms, and also a prominent farmer. He was a son of Alson and Jerusha (Hardy) Collins. Alson was a son of Daniel and Sarah (Smith) Collins. Daniel was born in 1772, and he, with his parents, were early settlers in Monkton, Vt., coming there from Massachusetts.